GAI, GOVINDA SWAMIRAO, b. 1922
ಸ್ವಾಮಿರಾವ್ ಗಾಯಿ) has rendered great service
to the Cultural Studies of Karnataka as an epigraphist, historian and linguist.
He was born in the North Karnataka region and obtained his Master’s degree from
Dr Gai joined the Archeological
Survey of India in the year 1943 and served in various capacities before securing
the position of the Cheif Epigrapgist
in 1962. He served in that post till his superannuation in 1976.
Gai has published more than one hundred papers on various aspects of
History, Lingustics, Epigraphy, Archaeology and Culture.
He edited the 20th
volume of the ‘South Indian Inscriptions’ and the volumes 35,
36, 37 and 38 of the ‘Epigraphica
Indica’. He was the joint editor of the third volume of the ‘Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum’.
He has written a monograph on
Bhavabhuti the Sanskrit playwright.
Gai’s contributions to the area of his expertise in general
is matched by his work in the field of Karnataka studies. His
publcations are listed below.
Grammar of Old Kannada; based entirely on the Kannada Inscriptions of the 8th,
9th and the 10th centuries A.D.’, 1946, published by Post-Graduate
<![endif]>‘Indian epigraphy: its bearing on the history of art’
(edited along with Frederick Asher) 1985,
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]> Introduction to Indian Epigraphy: with special reference to the development of scripts and language, 1986, published by Central Institute for Indian Languages, Manasagangotri, Mysore
<![endif]>Some select inscriptions, 1990, Agam Kala Prakashan,
<![endif]>Studies in Indian history, epigraphy, and culture, 1992, Shrihari Prakashana,
<![endif]> Inscriptions of the
early Kadambas, 1996, Indian Council of Historical Research and Pratibha
<![if !supportLists]>7. <![endif]>‘Indian History and Epigraphy’ (Dr G.S. Gai Felicitation Volume), Edited by K.V.Ramesh and M.J.Sharma, Agama kala Prakashana, 1990
A felicitation volume was presented to him in 1991
in recognition of his services.